Czech Republic vs Denmark UEFA EURO LIVE Football Score 3 Jul 2021
Czech Republic and Denmark will lock horns at the European Championship in Baku on Saturday evening, with a spot in the semi-finals of this summer’s competition on offer for both sides. Denmark progressed to the quarter-finals courtesy of an impressive 4-0 victory over Wales, while the Czech Republic recorded a 2-0 win against the Netherlands to advance to the final eight of Euro 2020.
Czech Republic made a solid start to their Group D campaign, recording a 2-0 win over Scotland on June 14, before picking up a point against Croatia four days later to leave them in a strong position in the section. Jaroslav Silhavy’s side lost 1-0 to England in their final group match on June 22, though, which actually saw them drop down to third behind Croatia, with the Netherlands their opponents in the round of 16.
Holland would have been in a confident mood heading into the clash in Budapest, but an excellent performance from the Czech Republic saw them progress, with Tomas Holes scoring in the 68th minute before Patrik Schick came up with his fourth goal at this summer’s tournament to all but secure the victory.
The Czechs have previous in this competition, finishing as runners-up in 1996 and also reaching the semi-finals in 2004, but they were eliminated in the group stage of Euro 2016. Czech Republic, who would take on England or Ukraine in the semi-finals next week if they were to emerge victorious on Saturday, have only lost two of their previous 25 matches with Denmark, although five of the last six fixtures between the two national teams have finished all square
Denmark, meanwhile, booked their spot in the last-16 stage of Euro 2020 by finishing second behind Belgium in Group B despite losing two of their three matches in the section. The Danes lost their opener 1-0 to Finland on June 12, but it was an incredibly difficult match for Kasper Hjulmand’s side, having seen Christian Eriksen collapse on the field.
Denmark then lost their second group fixture to Belgium on June 17, which left them in a very difficult spot, but a 4-1 success over Russia four days later was enough to finish second in the section on goal difference, with Finland and Russia both exiting the competition despite also claiming three points from three matches.
Hjulmand’s team were in sensational form in the round of 16, though, recording a 4-0 win over Wales in Amsterdam, with Kasper Dolberg scoring twice in what was a superb performance from a team that will certainly believe they are capable of making the final.
The Red and Whites won the European Championship in 1992, but they have not been at this stage of the competition since 2004, having been eliminated in the group stages in 2012 and actually failing to qualify for the finals in both 2008 and 2016.
Both sides have players returning who were unavailable in the last 16.
Czech captain Vladimir Darida has recovered from a leg injury while left-back Jan Boril’s one-game suspension is over and he also had fitness problems.
Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen is back from injury, but his replacement Kasper Dolberg scored twice against Wales.
Midfielder Thomas Delaney and defender Simon Kjaer did not take part in Wednesday’s full training session, but are expected to be fit.
- This is the third meeting between the Czech Republic and Denmark at the European Championship. The Czechs have won both previous games, 2-0 in the Euro 2000 group stages and 3-0 in the 2004 quarter-final.
- Five of the last six matches between the Czech Republic and Denmark have ended as draws, including their most recent encounter in a November 2016 friendly. The other game in this run was a 3-0 Denmark win in a March 2013 World Cup qualifier.
- This is the Czech Republic’s fourth European Championship quarter-final, progressing from two of the previous three. In 1996 against Portugal, 2004 at Denmark’s expense, but failing the last time they reached this stage in 2012, losing 1-0 to Portugal.
- Patrik Schick has scored 15 goals in 30 appearances for the Czech Republic, netting four goals in four games at Euro 2020 so far. Only five players have scored five goals in their first-ever Euros, most recently France’s Antoine Griezmann with six in 2016. Schick’s compatriot Milan Baros hit five at Euro 2004.
- Schick has scored three left-footed goals at Euro 2020, the most of any player. In European Championship history, the only player to score more than three left-footed goals in a single tournament was Griezmann at Euro 2016 with four.
- With a 4-1 win against Russia and a 4-0 victory against Wales, Denmark became the first team in European Championship history to score four or more goals in consecutive games. They have nine goals so far at Euro 2020, only scoring more in a major tournament in the 1986 World Cup when they hit 10.
- Denmark are averaging 18.8 shots and 7.3 shots on target per game so far at Euro 2020. Both are their highest numbers on record at a single edition at a major tournament.
- Denmark have lost their last two quarter-final ties in major tournaments, going out against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup with a 3-2 defeat and the Czech Republic in Euro 2004 when they were beaten 3-0.
- Having scored with just one of their first 44 shots at Euro 2020 (2% conversion), Denmark have now scored with eight of their last 31 (26%).
- Mikkel Damsgaard has been directly involved in seven goals in his six appearances for Denmark in all competitions, scoring three and assisting four.